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Old 01-02-2009, 10:14 PM   #11
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What would be a good size?
My main tank is 140 but I like to buy my fish small. (ie. I just bought a great purple tang and he is only a little bigger than a quarter.)
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Well you figure you are going to be treating for 6-8 weeks if they have a parasite and 4 months if they are new . So if they can make it in a smaller tank for that time period than you should be OK.
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:24 PM   #13
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A QT for fish can be very simple. I just took a plain 10 gallon glass tank and added a heater and filter:

50W heater $15
Aquarium Heaters: Hydor Theo Heater

sponge filter $10
Foam Aquarium Filters: Oxygen Plus Bio-Filter 2

You don't even need a cover, you can just cover it with eggcrate. And as long as the tank gets some natural light you don't need a light either.

I run the filter in my sump for a few days before I need it and then I pull 10 gallons of water from the main tank and put it in the QT before heading off to the LFS.
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A 20g is good for most fish under 6" and anything larger a 40g. As far as biocubes and nanocubes, just too expensive for a qt to be perfectly honest. Even if I had a spare in good standing I would rather it be a display than a qt. Simple as it gets:

20g
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Oh and as for sponges, personally I prefer the Hydrosponge or old school triangular sponges. http://www.aquaticeco.com/subcategor...nge%20filter/0
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Another Dumb question. What is a bio-wheel and a sponge filter?
I have a wet/dry refugium, protien skimmer. Thats all I'm familiar with.
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can you use a sump as a quarentine?
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can you use a sump as a quarentine?
No you can not. The water for both is the same. If you put a fish with ich in your sump then it will be in your main also. It needs to be a separate tank.
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Another Dumb question. What is a bio-wheel and a sponge filter?
I have a wet/dry refugium, protien skimmer. Thats all I'm familiar with.
If you go to my link or Sooju's you will see two different styles of sponge filters. A sponge filter draws water through the sponge via powerhead or airlift tube where bacteria colonizes. This would be a form of biological filtration that is relatively cheap to set up, yet efficient enough to eliminate NH3. The downside is that they can clog easily, but that would not be a problem if you maintained regular water changes (at the very least 25% daily or 50% every other day).

A biowheel usually refers to Marineland filtration systems where an hob filter draws in water, passes through several stages (mechanical/chemical), and eventually cascades over a water wheel mixing oxygen into the water so bacteria can colonize. Here is the filter, but I don't care for them: Aquarium Power Filters: Marineland Penguin BIO-Wheel Power Filters

BIO-Wheel Assembly 150B Power Filter (Marineland)
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Ok. Something else I heard of yesturday. A copper QT for fish only. What is your take on this system?
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Are you talking about treating fish with copper?
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